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Speech and Hearing

Speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, private practices, and health departments to identify and treat developmental and acquired communication disorders, including speech, language, swallowing, and voice disorders. Audiologists also work in hospitals, medical practices, schools, and private practices to diagnose hearing problems, fit hearing aids, and counsel clients about their hearing losses. In addition to diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders, both audiologists and speech-language pathologists are involved in prevention activities.

The non-teaching Speech and Hearing major prepares students for continued study in graduate school and, ultimately, for credentialing by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and State professional licensing agencies. The Speech and Hearing major includes extensive coursework in normal development as well as in disorders of communication.

Students get considerable supervised practicum experiences in the campus Speech and Hearing Clinic, usually beginning in the junior year. The Elmira College Speech and Hearing Clinic offers a full array of clinical speech-language pathology and audiology services to individuals of all ages in the Elmira region. Usually during their senior year, Speech and Hearing students complete an internship at preschools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, summer camps for special needs children, or private clinics in the Elmira region or elsewhere.

Students majoring in other areas may choose to complete the 24-credit Speech and Hearing minor. Completion of the minor provides students with a basic understanding of communication and its disorders and complements study in fields such as psychology, human services, nursing and education.